DALTON, James Langley. (reg No. 296).
Acting Assistant Commissary. Commissariat and Transport Department. (Royal Army Service Corps).
London Gazetted on 17th November, 1879.
Born in December 1832 (actual date not known) in London.
Died on 8th January, 1887 at Port Elizabeth, South Africa.
Memorial at grave in Russell Road Cemetery, Port Elizabeth, South Africa.
Digest of Citation reads:
On 22nd January, 1879 at Rorke's Drift, Natal , South Africa, Acting Assistant Commissary Dalton actively superintended the work of defence and was amongst the foremost of those who received the first attack at the corner of the hospital, where the deadliness of his fire checked the mad rush of the enemy. He saved the life of a man in the Army Hospital Corps by shooting the Zulu who was attacking him. Although wounded himself this officer continued to give the same example of cool courage throughout the action .


DALZIEL, Henry. (reg No. 297).
Driver. 15th Battalion, (Queensland and Territories) Australian Imperial Force.
London Gazetted on 17th August, 1918.
Born on 18th February, 1893 at Irvinebank, Queensland, Australia.
Died on 24th July, 1965 at Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.
Memorial at Mount Thomson Crematorium, Brisbane, and on the Australian War Memorial Canberra, Australia.
Digest of Citation reads:
On 4th July, 1918 at Hamel Wood, France, when determined resistance was coming from an enemy strong point which was also protected by a strong wire entanglements, Private Dalziel, armed only with a revolver attacked an enemy machine gun. He killed or captured the entire crew and, although severely wounded in the hand, carried on until the final objective was captured. He twice went over open ground under heavy artillery and machine-gun fire to obtain ammunition and, suffering from loss of blood, continued to fill magazines and serve his gun until wounded in the head.
Additional information:. He later attained the rank of Sergeant.

DANAHAR *, John. (reg No. 298).
Trooper. Nourse's Horse (Transvaal), South African Forces.
London Gazetted on 14th March 1882.
Born on 25th June, 1860 at Limerick, Ireland.
Died on 9th January 1919 in Ireland.
Memorial not known.
Digest of Citation reads:
On 16th January, 1881 at Elandsfontein, near Pretoria, South Africa, Trooper Danahar, a with a Lance-Corporal * of the Connaught Rangers advanced for 500 yards under heavy fire from a party of about 60 of the enemy, and brought out of action a private who had been severely wounded..
* See James Murray (reg No. 906).
Additional information:. He later attained the rank of Sergeant .


DANCOX, Frederick George. (reg No. 299).
Private. 4th Battalion, Worcestershire Regiment.
London Gazetted on 26th November, 1917.
Born in 1879 at Barbourne, Worcester.
Died on 30th November, 1917 near Masnieres, France.
Memorial on Canbrai Memorial, France.
Digest of Citation reads:
On 9th October 1917 at Boesinghe Sector, Belgium, after the first objective had been captured, work was considerably hampered by an enemy machine-gun firing from a concrete emplacement. Private Dancox who was one of a party of 10 detailed as moppers-up, managed to work his way through the barrage and enter the pillbox from the rear, threatening the garrison with a Mills bomb. Shortly afterwards he reappeared with a machine-gun under his arm and about 40 of the enemy. He brought the gun back to our position and kept it in action throughout the day.

DANIEL, Edward St John. (reg No. 300).
Midshipman. Royal Navy (Naval Brigade).
London Gazetted on 24th February, 1857.
Born on 17th January 1837 at Clifton, Bristol.
Died on 20th May 1868 at Hokitika, New Zealand.
Lieutenant Daniel is buried in an unmarked grave in Hokitika Municipal Cemetery, New Zealand.
Digest of Citation reads:
On 18th October, 1854 at Sebastopol, Crimea, Midshipman Daniel was one of the volunteers from HMS Diamond, who, under the command of the captain * brought in powder to the battery from a waggon under very heavy fire, a shot having disabled the horses. on 5th November at the Battle of Inkerman he, as ADC to the captain, remained by his side throughout a long and dangerous day. On 18th June, 1855 he was again with his captain in the first scaling party at the assault on the Redan, binding up his superior officer's severely wounded arm and taking him back to a place of safety.
* See Sir William Peel. (reg No. 979)

DANIELS, Harry. (reg No. 301).
Company Sergeant Major. 2nd Battalion Rifle Brigade.
London Gazetted on 28th April, 1915.
Born on 13th December, 1884 at Wymondham, Norfolk.
Died on 13th December, 1953 at Leeds, Yorkshire.
Memorial on grave at a Lawnswood Cemetery, Leeds and on the Rifle Brigade Memorial, Winchester Cathedral. Club
Digest of Citation reads:
On 12th March, 1915 at Neuve Chapelle, France, when the advance of the Battalion was impeded by wire entanglements and by very severe machine-gun fire, Company Sergeant-Major Daniels and another man * voluntarily rushed in front and succeeded in cutting the wires. They were both wounded at once, and the other man later died of his wounds.
* See C.R. Noble. (reg No. 932).
Additional information:. Lieutenant Colonel Daniels also had the Military Cross (MC). From 1933-42 he was the Chief Recruiting Officer, North West Division.

D'ARCY, Henry Cecil Dudgeon. (reg No. 302)
Captain. Cape Frontier Light Horse, South African Forces.
London Gazetted on 9th October, 1879.
Born on 11th August, 1850 at Wanganui, New Zealand.
Died in October 1881 (actual date not known) at Amatola Forest, Cape Province, South Africa.
Memorial not known .
Digest of Citation reads:
On 3rd July 1879 at Ulundi, South Africa*, during a reconnaissance Captain D'Arcy went to the rescue of a Trooper of the Frontier Light Horse who had fallen from his horse as the troops were retiring. The captain waited for the man to mount behind him although the enemy were quite close, but the horse kicked them both off. Captain D'Arcy was hurt by the fall, and quite alone, but he still tried to lift the trooper, who was stunned, on to the horse, and only mounted and rode off when he was completely exhausted.
Additional information:. He eventually attained the rank of Commandant.

DARTNELL, Wilbur Taylor. (reg No. 303).
Lieutenant. 25th (Service) Battalion, Royal Fusiliers.
London Gazetted on 23rd December, 1915.
VC Medal's Custodian is the Australian War Memorial, Canberra, Australia.
Born on 6th April, 1885 at Fitzroy, Melbourne, Australia.
Died on 3rd September, 1915 at Maktau, South Africa. (killed in action).
Memorial on grave at Voi Cemetery, Kenya, Africa, also on a plaque in the foyer of the Covent Garden Theatre and on the Australian War Memorial at Canberra, Australia.
Digest of Citation reads:
On 3rd September 1915, near Maktau, East Africa, during a mounted infantry engagement, at the enemy were so close that it was impossible to get the more severely wounded away. Lieutenant Dartnell who was himself being carried away wounded in the leg, seeing the situation, and knowing that the enemy's black troops murdered the wounded, insisted on being left behind, in the hope of being able to save the lives of other wounded men. He gave his own life in a gallant attempt to save others.

DARWAN SING NEGI. (reg No. 304).
Naik*. 1st Battalion, 39th Garhwal Rifles, Indian Army.
London Gazetted on 7th December, 1914.
Born in November 1881 at Kafartir, Karakot, India.
Died on 24th June, 1950 at Kafartir, Karakot, India.
Memorial not known.
Digest of Citation reads:
On the night of 23rd/24th November, 1914 at Festubert, France, the regiment was engaged in retaking and clearing the enemy out of our trenches. In this very dangerous operation Naik Darwan Sing Negi was the first to push around every traverse. Although he was wounded in the head and in the arm, he kept on going forward in the face of heavy fire from bombs and rifles at very close range.
Additional information:. Darwan Sing Negi also held the PVSM of India. ( This Medal being investigated). He attained a rank of Subadar (Captain).

DAUNT, John Charles Campbell. (reg No. 305).
Lieutenant. 11th Bengal Native Infantry.
London Gazetted on 25th February 1862.
Born on 8th November, 1832 at Autraches, Normandy.
Died on 15th April, 1886 at Bristol.
Memorial not known.
Digest of Citation reads:
On 2nd October, 1857 at Chota Behar, India, Lieutenant Daunt, with a sergeant * acted with conspicuous gallantry in the capture of two guns, particularly the second which they rushed and took, pistolling the Gunners who were mowing down the detachment, one third of which it was hors de combat at the time. On 2nd November the Lieutenant chased mutineers across a plain into richly cultivated area. He was dangerously wounded while attempting to drive out a large body of these rebels from an enclosure.
* See D. Dynon ( reg No. 367).
Additional information:. Attained the rank of Colonel.

DAVEY, Philip. (reg No. 306).
Corporal. 10th Battalion (South Australia) Australian Imperial Force.
London Gazetted on 17th August, 1918.
VC Medal's Custodian is the Australian War Memorial, Canberra, Australia.
Born on 10th October 1896 at Goodwood, South Australia.
Died on 21st December 1953 at Adelaide, South Australia.
Memorial on grave at Australian Imperial Force's Cemetery, Adelaide and on the Australian War Memorial at Canberra, Australia.
Digest of Citation reads:
On 28th June, 1918 at Merris, France, when an enemy machine gun was causing heavy casualties, Corporal Davey moved forward in the face of fierce point-blank fire, and attacked the gun with hand-grenades, putting half the crew out of action. Having used all available grenades, he fetched a further supply and again attacked the gun, the crew which had meantime been reinforced. He killed all eight of the crew and captured the gun, which he then used to repel a determined counter-attack, during which he was severely wounded.
Additional information:. Corporal Davey also held the Military Medal (MM).

DAVIES, James Llewellyn. (reg No. 307).
Corporal. 13th Battalion, Royal Welch Fusiliers.
London Gazetted on 6th September, 1917.
Born on 16th March 1886 at Nantymoel, Glamorganshire, Wales.
Died on 31st July 1917 at Polygon Wood, Pilkem, Belgium. (died of wounds).
Memorial on grave at Canada Farm Cemetery, Belgium.
Digest of Citation reads:
On 31st July 1917 at Polygon Wood, Pilkem, Belgium, during an attack on the enemy line, Corporal Davies, single-handed, attacked a machine-gun emplacement after several men had been killed in attempting to take it. He bayoneted one of the gun crew and brought in another, together with a captured gun. Then although wounded, he led a bombing party to the assault of a defended house and killed a sniper who was harassing his platoon. He died of wounds the same day.

DAVIES, John Thomas.(reg No. 308).
Corporal. 11th (Service) Battalion, South Lancashire Regiment. (Prince of Wales Volunteers).
London Gazetted on 22nd May, 1918.
Born on 29th September, 1896 at Rockferry, Cheshire.
Died on 28th October, 1955 at St Helens, Lancashire.
Memorial not known.
Digest of Citation reads:
On 24th March, 1918 near Eppeville, France, when his company was ordered to withdraw, Corporal Davies knew that the only line of withdrawal lay through a deep stream lined with a belt of barbed wire and that it was imperative to hold up the enemy as long as possible. He mounted the Parapet in full view of the enemy in order to get a more effective field of fire and kept his Lewis gun in action to the last, causing many enemy casualties and enabling part of his company to get across the river, which they would otherwise have been unable to do.

DAVIES, Joseph John. (reg No. 309).
Corporal. 10th Battalion, Royal Welch Fusiliers.
London Gazetted on 26th September, 1916.
Born on 28th April, 1889 at Tipton, Staffordshire.
Died on 23rd February, 1976 at Bournemouth, Hampshire.
His remains cremated in Bournemouth. A Memorial in form of Davies Court, Hightown, Wrexham, Wales.
Digest of Citation reads:
On 20th July 1916 at Delville Wood, France, prior to an attack on the enemy, Corporal Davies and eight men became separated from the rest of the company. When the enemy delivered their second counter-attack, the party was completely surrounded, Corporal Davies got his men into a shell hole and by throwing bombs and opening rapid fire he succeeded in routing the attackers, and even followed and bayonetted them in their retreat.
Additional information:. He was later promoted to Staff Sergeant and he held the Order of St George, 1st Class, (Russia).

DAVIES, Llewellyn Alberic Emilius PRICE- (reg. No. 310)

DAVIES, Richard Bell (reg No. 311).
Squadron Commander, Royal Navy *
London Gazetted on 1st January, 1916.
Born on 19th May, 1886 at Kensington, London.
Died on 26th February, 1966 at Haslar, Hampshire.
Remains cremated that Swaythling Crematorium, Hampshire.
Digest of Citation reads:
On 19th November, 1915 while carrying out an air attack at Ferrijik Junction, Bulgaria, one of the planes engaged in the bombing mission was brought down, the pilot making a safe landing. Seeing, however, that Bulgarian troops were approaching, he set fire to his aircraft. He then realised that Squadron Commander Davies was preparing to land to rescue him, so he detonated the last bomb on the burning aircraft, with a pistol shot, in case it should blow up as the rescue plane approached. The squadron commander landed as near as possible to the stranded pilot, picking him up just as the enemy came within rifle range.
* No. 3 Squadron, Royal Naval Air Service.
Additional information:. Vice-Admiral Davies was created a Companion of (the Order of) the Bath (CB) and also held the Distinguished Service Order (DSO) and the Air Force Cross (AFC). His foreign decorations included the Croix de Guerre avec Palme and the Légion d'Honneur, both of France.
From 1937-41 he was Rear-Admiral, Naval Air Stations.
He wrote the book, "Sailor of the Air "

DAVIS, Gronow. (reg No. 312).
Captain. Royal Regiment of Artillery.
London Gazetted on 23rd June, 1857.
Born on 16th May, 1828 at Bristol.
Died on 18th October, 1891 at Clifton, Bristol.
Memorial not known.
Digest of Citation reads:
On a 8th September, 1855 at Sebastopol, Crimea, Captain Davis commanded the spiking partyin the attack on the Redan with great coolness and gallantry. Afterwards he saved the life of a Lieutenant of the 39th Regiment by jumping over the parapet of a Sap and going some distance across the open, under murderous fire, to help carry the wounded man to cover. He also carried several other wounded soldiers to safety.
Additional information:. Gronow Davies attained the rank of Major-General


DAVIS*, James. (reg No. 313)..
Private. 42nd Regiment. (Black Watch)--- (Royal Highlanders).
London Gazetted on 27th May 1859.
Born in February 1835 (actual date unknown) at Edinburgh.
Died on 2nd March, 1893 at Edinburgh.
Memorial not known.
Digest of Citation reads:
On 15th April, 1858 during the attack on Fort Ruhya, India, Private DAVIS, who was with an advance party, offered to carry back to the Regiment the body of a lieutenant who had been killed at the gate of the fort. He performed this gallant act under the very walls of the fort.
* Real name James Davis KELLY

DAWSON, James Lennox. (reg No. 314).
Corporal. 187th Company. Royal Engineers.
London Gazetted on 7th December 1915.
Born on 25th December, 1891 at Tillicoultry, Clackmannanshire, Scotland.
Died on 15th February, 1967 at Eastbourne, Sussex.
Memorial not known.
Digest of Citation reads:
On 13th October, 1915 at Hohenzollern Redoubt, France, during a gas attack, when the trenches were full of men, Corporal DAWSON exposed himself fearlessly to the enemy's fire in order to give directions to his sappers to clear the infantry out of the sections of the trench which were full of gas. Finding three leaking cylinders, he rolled them well away from the trench, again under heavy fire, and then fired rifle bullets into them to let the gas escape. His gallantry undoubtedly saved many men from being gassed.
Additional information:. James Dawson later attained a rank of Colonel.
His cousin was Corporal J. D. Pollock VC.

DAY, George Fiott. (reg No. 315).
Lieutenant. Royal Navy.
London Gazetted on 24th February, 1857.
Born on 20th June, 1819 at Southampton, Hampshire.
Died on 18th December, 1876 at Weston-super-Mare, Somerset.
Memorial on grave at Weston-super-Mare Cemetery.
Digest of Citation reads:
On 17th September, 1855 at Genitichi, Crimea, Lieutenant Day of HMS Recruit was put ashore from a rowing boat to reconnoitre the bridge, batteries and enemy gunboats on the Spit of Arabat. He went alone and after covering four or five miles of swampy ground, sometimes up to his thighs in water, he got to within 200 yards of the enemy position, where he found that the gunboats appeared to be undermanned and lightly defended. He returned to his ship convinced that a surprise attack was possible, but he had to abandon this plan when he returned on 19 September and found the enemy on the alert and the gunboats fully manned.
Additional information:. Captain Day was created a Companion of the Order of the Bath. (CB). His foreign decorations included the Légion d'Honneur (France) and the Turkish Order of Medjidie, Fifth Class.


DAY Sidney James. ( Reg. No. 316)
Corporal. 11th Battalion the Suffolk Regiment (Norwich)
London Gazetted on 17th October 1917
Born on the 3rd of July 1891.in Norwich
Died on the 17th July 1959
Memoria: He is buried in Milton Road Cemetery, Portsmouth, Hampshire
Digest of Citation reads:
On 26th August 1917, east of Hargicourt, France, Corporal Day was in command of a bombing section detailed to clear a maze of trenches held by the enemy; this he did, killing two machine gunners and taking four prisoners. Immediately after he returned to his section a stick bomb fell into a trench occupied by five men, one badly wounded. The Corporal seized the bomb and threw it over the trench where it immediately exploded. He afterwards completed the clearing of the trench and established himself in an advanced position, remaining for 66 hours at his post which came under intense fire.
Additional information: He served in the European War (World War 1)
This following is the actual wording for his recommendation for the VC from his regiment:
Corporal Day was in command of a bombing section detailed to clear a maze of trenches still held by the enemy; this he did killing two machine-gunners and taking four prisoners. On reaching a point where the trench had been levelled, he went alone and bombed his way through to the left, in order to gain touch with the neighbouring troops.
Immediately on return to his section a stick bomb fell into a trench occupied by two officers, one of whom was badly wounded, and three other ranks. Corporal Day seized the bomb and threw it over the trench, where it immediately exploded. This prompt action undoubtedly saved the lives of those in the trench. He afterwards completed the clearing of the trench, and establishing himself in an advanced position, remained for 66 hours at his post, which came under intense hostile shell and rifle-grenade fire. Throughout the whole operations, his conduct was an inspiration to all.
He lived, as a child, at ?? St Annes' Lane, Norwich, Norfolk.
We are still searching for anything on the life of Corp. Day.

DAYKINS, John Brunton (reg No. 317).
Sergeant 2nd/4th Battalion York and Lancaster Regiment.
London Gazetted on 6th January, 1919
VC Medal's Custodian is The York And Lancaster Regimental. Museum.
Born on 26th March, 1883 at Ormiston, Roxburgh, Scotland..
Died on 24th January 1933 at Jedburgh, Scotland.
Memorial not known.
Digest of Citation reads:
On 20th October, 1918 at Solesmes, France, Sergeant Daykins, with 12 remaining men of his platoon, rushed a machine gun and during subsequent severe hand-to-hand fighting he himself disposed of many of the enemy and secured the objective. He then located another machine gun which was holding up an operation of his company. Under heavy fire he worked his way alone to the post and shortly afterwards returned with 25 prisoners and an enemy machine-gun, which he mounted at his post. His magnificent fighting spirit and example inspired his men, saved many casualties and contributed largely to the success of the attack.
Additional information:. Sergeant Daykins also held the Military Medal (M M).

DEAN, Donald John. (reg No. 318).
Lieutenant (later Colonel) 8th Battalion. Queen's Own Royal West Kent Regiment.
Gazetted; 14th December, 1918.
Born on 19th April, 1897 at London.
Died on 9th December 1985 at Sittingbourne, Kent.
Memorial not known.
Digest of Citation reads:
During the period 24th/26 per December 1918 north-west own Lens, France, Lieutenant Dean with his platoon held an advance post established in a newly captured enemy trench. The post was ill-prepared for Defence and the lieutenant worked unceasingly with his men consolidating the position, under very heavy fire. Five times in all the post was attacked and on each occasion the attack was repulsed. Throughout the whole of this time lieutenant Dean inspired his command with his own contempt for danger and set the highest example of valour, leadership and devotion to duty.
Additional information:. Colonel Dean also held the Order of the British Empire. (O B E). He was Commander, of the Royal Danish Order of the Dannebrog. He commanded No. 5 Group Auxiliary Pioneer Corps in France in 1940. He was the Deputy Lieutenant for the County of Kent.

DEAN, Percy Thompson. (reg No. 319).
Lieutenant (later Lieutenant Commander). Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve.
London Gazetted on 23rd July, 1918.
Born on 20th July 1877 at Blackburn, Lancashire.
Died on 20th March 1939 at London.
Memorial not known.
Digest of Citation reads:.
On 22nd and 23rd April, 1918 at Zeebrugge, Belgium, after HMS Intrepid and HMS Iphigeneia had been scuttled, their crews were taken off by Motor Launch 282 commanded by Lieutenant Dean. He embarked more than 100 officers and men under constant and deadly fire from heavy and machine guns at point-blank range. This complete, he was about to clear the canal when the steering gear broke down, so he manoeuvred on his engines and was actually clear of the entrance to the harbour when he was told there was an officer in the water. He immediately turned back and rescued him.
Additional information from 1918-1922 he represented Blackburn as Member of Parliament.

DEASE, Maurice James. (reg No. 320).
Lieutenant 4th Battalion. Royal Fusiliers.
London Gazetted on 16th November, 1914.
Born on 28th September, 1889 at Coole, County West Meath, Ireland.
Died on 23rd August, 1914 at Mons, Belgium. (killed in action)
Memorial at St Synmphorien Military Cemetery, Belgium. Mentioned on a plaque on Nimy Bridge, Belgium and also in Westminster Cathedral.
Digest of Citation reads:
On 23rd August 1914 at Mons, Belgium, Nimy Bridge was being defended by a single company of Royal Fusiliers and a machine gun section with Lieutenant Dease in command. The gunfire was intense, and the casualties were heavy, but the lieutenant went on firing in spite of his wounds, until he was hit for the 5th time and was carried away to a place of safety where he Died on. A private* of the same Battalion who had been assisting the Lieutenant while he was still able to operate the guns, took over, and alone he used the gun to such a good effect that he covered the retreat of his comrades.
* S F Godley. (reg No. 456).
Additional information: Lieutenant Dease was the first person to be decorated with the Victoria Cross in World War One.

DE MONTMORENCY, The Hon. Raymond Harvey Lodge Joseph. (reg No. 321).
Lieutenant (later Captain) 21st Lancers (Empress of India's).
London Gazetted on 15th November, 1898.
Born on 5th February 1867 at Montreal, Canada.
Died on 23rd February 1900 at Dordrecht, Cape Colony, South Africa.
Memorial not known.
Digest of Citation reads:
On 2nd September, 1898 at the Battle of Khartoum, Sudan top after the charge, Lieutenant De Montmorency returned to help a second Lieutenant who was lying surrounded by a great many Dervishes. The Lieutenant drove the Dervishes off and, finding that the officer was dead, put the body on his horse which then broke away. Another Lieutenant * and a corporal then came to his assistance and he was able to rejoin the Regiment which are begun to open fire on the enemy.
* P A Kenna. (Reg No. 676).

DEMPSEY, Denis. (reg No. 322).
Private first Battalion 10th Regiment (Lincolnshire Regiment).
London Gazetted on 17th February, 1860.
Born on in 1826 at Rathmichael, Bray, County Dublin.
Died on 10th January 1896 at Toronto, Canada.
Memorial not known.
Digest of Citation reads:
On 12th August, 1857 at Lucknow, India, Private Dempsey carried a powder bag through a burning village for the purpose of mining a passage in the rear of the enemy's position. During this time he was exposed to very heavy fire and to a still greater danger from the sparks which flew from the blazing houses. He was the first man to enter the village of Jugdispore on that day under most galling fire. On 14th March, 1858 in the retreat from Arrah, he helped carry an Ensign who was mortally wounded, for two miles.


de PASS, Frank Alexander. (reg No. 323).
Lieutenant 34th Prince Albert Victor's Own Poona Horse, Indian Army.
London Gazetted on 18th February 1915.
Born on 26th April, 1887 at London.
Died on 25th November, 1914 at Festubert, France.
Memorial at Bethune Town Cemetery, France.
Digest of Citation reads:
On 24th November, 1914 near, Festubert, France, Lieutenant de Pass entered in German Sap and destroyed a traverse in the face of the enemy's bombs. Subsequently he rescued, under heavy fire, a wounded man who was lying exposed to enemy bullets in the open. Lieutenant de Pass lost his life in a second attempt to capture the Sap which have been reoccupied by the enemy.


DERRICK, Thomas Currie. (reg No 324).
Sergeant (later Lieutenant) 2nd/48th Battalion, (South Australia) Australian Military Forces.
London Gazetted on 23rd March 1944.
VC Medal's Custodian is the Australian War Memorial, Canberra, Australia.
Born on 20th March 1914 at Berri, Murray River, South Australia.
Died on 23rd May 1945 at Tarakan, Born oneo.
Memorials at Labuan War Cemetery, North Born oneo and on the Australian War Memorial, Canberra, Australia.
Digest of Citation reads:
On 24th November, 1943 in New Guinea, South West Pacific, Sergeant Derrick's platoon was ordered to take a slope by storm and then attack a point 150 yards from the township of Sattelberg. After two hours of fruitless attempts under intense fire from the enemy posts, the company was ordered to retire, but Sergeant Derrick, obtaining permission to make one last attempt, advanced alone and with grenades so demoralised the enemy that they fled leaving all their weapons. He then went on to deal with the remaining posts in the area, and was so successful that the Battalion was able to capture Sattelberg the following day.
Additional information: Lieutenant Derrick also held the Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM).

DE WIND, Edmund. (reg No. 325).
Second Lieutenant 15th Battalion. Royal Irish Rifles.
London Gazetted on 15th May 1919.
Born on 11th December 1883 at Comber, County Down, Ireland.
Died on 21st March 1918 near Groagie, France. (Killed in action).
Memorial at Pozieres Memorial, France and Mount De Wind, Alberta, Canada.
Digest of Citation reads:
On 21st March, 1918, at the Racecourse Redoubt, near Groagie, France, for seven-hour Second Lieutenant De Wind held this important post and though twice wounded and practically single-handed, he maintained his position until another section could be sent to his help. On two occasions, with two NCOs only, he got out on top under heavy machine-gun and rifle fire and cleared the enemy out of the trench, killing many of them. He continued to repel attack after attack until he was mortally wounded and collapsed.

DIAMOND, Bernard. (reg No. 326).
Sergeant Bengal Horse Artillery.
London Gazetted on 24th April, 1858.
Born on in 1827 at Portland Glenone, County Antrim Ireland.
Died on 24th January 1892 at Masterton, New Zealand.
Memorial not known.
Digest of Citation reads:
On 28th September, 1857 at Bolandshahr, India, Sergeant Diamond and a Gunner * worked their gun after every other man belonging to it had been either killed or wounded. They performed at the action and a very heavy fire of musketry, and thereby cleared the road of the enemy.
* R Fitzgerald (reg No. 410).




DICK-CUNYNGHAM William Henry . (reg No. 288).
Lieutenant (later Lieutenant-Colonel). The Gordon Highlanders.
Gazetted: 18th October, 1881.
Born on 16th June 1851 at Prestonfield, Edinburgh.
Died on 6th January 1900 at Ladysmith, Natal, South Africa.
Memorials at Old Windsor Cemetery, Berkshire and on the South Africa War Memorial, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire.
Digest of Citation reads:
On 30th December 1879 during the attack on the Sherpur Pass, * There was a momentary wavering of the troops who had been beaten back at the top of the hill. Lieutenant Dick-Cunyngham rushed forward and gallantly exposed himself to the full fire being poured upon this point. He rallied the men by his example and cheering words, and calling on those near to follow him, charged into the middle of the enemy.
* Afghan war.


DICKSON, Collingwood. (reg No. 328).
Lieutenant-Colonel (later General). Royal Regiment of Artillery.
London Gazetted on 23rd June, 1857.
Born on 20th November 1817 and Valenciennes, France.
Died on 28th November, 1904 at London.
Memorial on grave at Kensal Green Cemetery, London.
Digest of Citation reads:
On 17th October, 1854 in the Crimea, when the batteries had run short of powder, Lieutenant Colonel Dickson displayed great coolness and contempt of danger in directing the unloading of several waggons of the field battery which were brought up to the trenches to supply the want. He personally helped to carry the powder barrels under heavy fire from the enemy.
Additional information:. General Sir Collingwood Dickson was a Knight Grand Cross of the Bath (GCB). From 1870-75 he was the Inspector General of Artillery after which in 1875 he became Colonel Commandant of the Royal Regiment of Artillery.


DIMMER, John Henry Stephen. (reg No. 329).
Lieutenant (later Lieutenant Colonel). 2nd Battalion King's Royal Rifle Corps.
London Gazetted on 19th November, 1914.
Born on 9th October 1883 at Wimbledon, Surrey.
Died on 21st March 1918 at Marteville, France.
Memorials at Vadencourt British Cemetery, France; Royal Rifle Corps Memorial , Winchester Cathedral.
Digest of Citation reads:
On 12th November 1914 at Klein Zillebeke, Belgium, Lieutenant Dimmer went on serving his machine gun during an attack, and stayed at his post until the gun was destroyed, in spite of being shot five times.
Additional information: Lieutenant- Colonel Dimmer also held the Military Cross.

DINESEN, Thomas. (reg No. 330).
Private (later Lieutenant). 42nd, Quebec Regiment (Royal Highlanders of Canada).
London Gazetted on 26th October, 1918.
Born on 9th August 1892 at Copenhagen, Denmark.
Died on 10th March, 1979 at Leerbaek, Denmark.
Memorial not known.
Digest of Citation reads:
On 12th August 1918 at Parvilles, France, Private Dinesen displayed conspicuous bravery during 10 hours of hand-to-hand fighting which resulted in the capture of over a mile of strongly defended enemy trenches. Five times in succession he rushed forward alone and put hostile guns out of action, accounting for 12 of the enemy. with bomb and bayonet. He sustained valour inspired his comrades at a very critical stage of the action.
Additional information: Lieutenant Dinesen also held the Croix de Guerre of France. He wrote two books, No Man's Land (published in England as Merry Hell) and Twilight on the Betz.

DIVANE* John. (reg No 331). (* or DEVINE).
Private 1st Battalion. (King's Royal Rifle Corps).
London Gazetted on 20th January, 1860.
Born on in November 1822 at Canavane, Loughrea, Galway, Ireland.
Died on 1st December 1888 at Penzance, Cornwall.
Memorial on grave at Penzance cemetery, Cornwall.
Digest of Citation reads:
On 10th December, 1857 at Delhi, India, Private Divane headed a successful charge by the Beloochee and Sikh troops on one of the enemy's trenches. He leapt out of our trenches, closely followed by the native troops and was shot down from the top of the enemy's breastworks.
Additional information:. His award of the Victoria Cross was elected by the Regiment.

DIXON, Matthew Charles. (reg No. 332).
Captain (later Major General). Royal Regiment of Artillery.
London Gazetted on 24th February, 1857.
Born on 5th February, 1821 at Avranches, Brittany.
Died on 7th January 1905 at Pembury, Kent.
Memorial at Kensal Green cemetery, London.
Digest of Citation reads:
On 17th April, 1855 in the Crimea, at about 2pm the battery commander by Captain Dixon was blown up by a shell from the enemy which burst in the magazine, destroying the parapets, killing or wounding 10 men, disabling five guns and covering a sixth with earth. Captain reopen the fire with the remaining gun and continued firing it until sunset, despite the heavy concentration of fire from the enemy's batteries and the ruined state of his own.
Additional information: Major General Dixon was a Companion of (the Order of) the Bath. (CB).

DOBSON, Claude Congreve. (reg No. 333).
Commander (later Rear-Admiral). Royal Navy.
London Gazetted on 11th November, 1919.
VC Medal's Custodian is the National Maritime Museum. (Greenwich).
Born on 1st January 1885 at Barton Regis, Bristol.
Died on 26th June 1940 at Chatham, Kent.
Memorial at Gillingham Cemetery, Kent
Digest of Citation reads:
On 18th August, 1919 at Kronstadt, Russia, Commander Dobson was in command of the coastal Motor Boat Flotilla which he led through the chain of forts to the entrance of the harbour. C M B 31 from which he directed the general operations then passed in under heavy machine-gun fire and torpedoed at the Battleship Andrei Pervozvanni, subsequently returning through heavy fire to the open sea.
Additional information:. Rear Admiral Dobson also held the Distinguished Service Order (DSO). From 1922-25 he served with the Royal Australian Navy.

DOBSON, Frederick William. (reg No. 334).
Private 2nd Battalion Coldstream Guards.
London Gazetted on 9th December 1914.
VC Medal's Custodian is the Guards Regimental HQ.
Born on 9th November, 1886 at Nafferton, Stocksfield on Tyne, Northumberland.
Died on 15th November 1935 at Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Northumberland.
Memorial at Ryton Cemetery, County Durham.
Digest of Citation reads:
On 28th September, 1914 at Chavanne, Aisne, France, Private Dobson twice volunteered to go out under heavy fire to bring in two wounded men. This undertaking involved crossing a good deal of open ground in full view of the enemy. Private Dobson, however, crawled out and found one of the men dead and the other wounded. He dressed the wounds and then crawled back, to return with a corporal and a stretcher, onto which they put the wounded man and then dragged him back to safety.

DONNINI, Dennis. (reg No. 335).
Fusilier. 4th/5th Battalion. Royal Scots Fusiliers.
London Gazetted on 20th March, 1945.
Born on 17th November, 1925 at Easington , County Durham.
Died on 18th January, 1945 at River Roer, Holland. (killed in action).
Memorial at Sittard War Cemetery, Lindberg, Holland.
Digest of Citation reads:
On 18th January, 1945 between the rivers Roer and Maas, Holland, Fusilier Donnini's platoon was ordered to attack a small village. On leaving their trench they immediately came under heavy fire from a house and the fusilier was hit in the head. After recovering consciousness he charged 30 yards down the open road and hurled a grenade through the nearest window, whereupon the enemy fled pursued by Fusilier Donnini and the survivors of his platoon. He was wounded a second time, but continued firing his Bren gun until he was killed. His gallantry had enabled his comrades to overcome twice their own number of the enemy.

DONOHOE, Patrick. (reg No. 336).
Private 9th Lancers (Queen's Royal).
London Gazetted on 24th December 1858.
Born on in 1820 at Nenagh, County Tipperary, Ireland.
Died on 16th August, 1876 at Ashbourne, County Meath, Ireland.
Memorial not known.
Digest of Citation reads:
On 28th September, 1857 at Bolandshahr, India, Private Donohoe went to the assistance of a Lieutenant be was severely wounded, and with some other men he brought that officer to safety through a large body of the enemy's Cavalry.

DOOGAN, John. (reg No. 337).
Private 1st Dragoon Guards
London Gazetted on 14th March 1882.
Born on in March 1853 at Aughrim, County Galway, Ireland.
Died on 24th January, 1940 at Folkestone, Kent.
Memorial at Military Cemetery, Shorncliffe, Kent.
Digest of Citation reads:
On 28th January 1881 at Laing's Nek, South Africa, during the Charge of the mounted men, Private Doogan saw an officer to whom he was servant dismounted and in danger among the Boers because his horse had been shot. Private Doogan rode up, although he himself was severely wounded, dismounted and pressed the officer to take his horse, receiving another wound while doing so.

DORRELL, George Thomas. (reg No. 338).
Battery Sergeant-Major. (later Lieutenant-Colonel) "L" Battery. Royal Horse Artillery.
London Gazetted on 16th November 1914.
Born on 7th July 1880 at Paddington, London.
Died on 7th January 1971 at Cobham, Surrey.
Memorial not known.
Digest of Citation reads:
On 1st September, 1914 at Nery, France, during a fierce attack by the enemy, all the officers of "L" Battery were either killed or wounded, including the officer* in command,, who, although having had one leg taken off for by a shell, continued to direct the firing until he Died on. Battery Sergeant-Major DORRELL then took over command with the support of a sergeant * and continued to fire one of the guns until all the ammunition was expended.
* E K Bradbury (reg No.114 ) and D. Nelson (reg No. 919).
Additional information: Lieutenant Colonel DORRELL was also a Member of the British Empire (MBE). From 1940-45 he served as a member of the Home Guard.

DOUGALL, Eric Stuart. (reg No. 339).
Captain. Special Reserve attached to "A" Battery-- 88th Brigade Royal Field Artillery.
London Gazetted on 4th June 1918.
Born on 13th April, 1886 at Tunbridge Wells, Kent.
Died on 14th April, 1918 at Kemmel, Belgium. (killed in action).
Memorial at Westoutre British Cemetery, Belgium.
Digest of Citation reads:
On 10th April, 1918 at Messines, Belgium, Captain Dougall, on the withdrawal of our line, ran his gun's to the top of the ridge to fire over open sights. By now the infantry had been pressed back in line with the guns, so Captain Dougall supplied them with Lewis guns and armed some of his gunners with rifles. He managed to maintain the line throughout the day, thereby delaying the German advance for over 12 hours, and when his battery was at last ordered to withdraw, the guns were manhandled over half a mile of shell-cratered country under intense machine-gun fire.
Additional information: Major Dougall also held the Military Cross. (MC).
He was the only son of Andrew and Emily Dougall of 13th, Mount Ephraim, Tunbridge Wells. His father was an Engineer with the Tunbridge Wells gas company. Educated at Tonbridge School and Pembroke College, Cambridge where he was an athletic a 'blue'.
He became an assistant engineer to the Bombay Port Trust. Whilst in England he applied for a commission in the Royal Field Artillery. He served in the European war (WW 1) both in France and Flanders. In August 1917 he was gazetted for the award of the Military Cross for courage in the Battle of Messines. On 4th April 1918 he was promoted to major and saw continuous action in March and April 1918.
He was killed four days after being recommended for the Victoria Cross. It was presented by King George V, to his sister Miss Dougall. Mr and Mrs Dougall, his parents, had been prevented, unavoidably, from attending the ceremony.

DOUGHTY -WYLIE, Charles Hotham Montagu. (reg No. 1337).
Lieutenant Colonel . HQ Staff, Mediterranean Expeditionary Force.*
London Gazetted on 23rd June, 1915.
Born on 23rd July, 1868 at Theberton, Leiston, Suffolk.
Killed in action on 26th April, 1915 at Sedd el Bahr, Gallipoli
Memorials at grave V Beach Cemetery, Gallipoli also at St Peter's Church, Theberton, Suffolk and on the War Memorial in Theberton Churchyard. Suffolk.
Digest of Citation reads:
After a landing had been effected at a point on the Gallipoli Peninsula on 26th April 1915, The Brigadier General and the Brigade Major had been killed so Lieutenant Colonel Doughty-Wylie and Captain G N Walford (reg No. 1259), organised and fronted an attack through, and either side of the village of Sedd el Bahr against an Old Fort at the top of the hill, inland. The enemy's position was defended with concealed machine-guns and pom-poms. It was well-entrenched and very strongly held. At the moment of victory both, Lieutenant Colonel Doughty-Wylie and Captain Walford were killed. The attack was completely successful owing mainly, to the skill, initiative and great gallantry of these two officers.
*Attached from Royal Welch Fusiliers.


DOUGLAS, Campbell Mellis. (reg No. 340).
Assistant surgeon (later Lieutenant-Colonel) 2nd Battalion, 24th Regiment (South Wales Borderers).
London Gazetted on 17th December, 1867.
Born on 5th August 1840 at Quebec, Canada.
Died on 31st December, 1909 at Hollington, near Wells, Somerset.
Memorial not known.
Digest of Citation reads:
On 7th May, 1867 at the Island of Little Andaman, Bay of Bengal, Assistant Surgeon Douglas and four privates * of the 2nd/24th Regiment risked their lives in manning a boat and proceeding through dangerous surf to rescue some of their comrades who had been sent to the island to find out the fate of the Commander and seven of the crew, who were landed from the ship Assam Valley and were feared murdered by the cannibalistic islanders.
* D. Bell reg No. 75); J Cooper (reg No. 252); W Griffiths (reg No. 496) and T Murphy (reg No. 904).
Additional information: Lieutenant Colonel Douglas' Victoria Cross was unusual in the fact that it was awarded for saving life its sea in a storm off the Andaman Islands, and not for bravery in battle. He also holds the Silver Medal of the Royal Humane Society .

DOUGLAS, Henry Edward Manning. (reg No. 341).
Lieutenant (later Major General) Royal Army Medical Corps.
London Gazetted on 29th March, 19 01.
Born on 11th July 1875 at Gillingham, Kent.
Died on 14th February, 1939 at Droitwich, Worcestershire.
Memorial not known.
Digest of Citation reads:
On 11th December 1899 at Magersfontein, South Africa, Lieutenant Douglas went out in the open and attended to wounded officers and men under intense enemy fire. He performed many similar acts of gallantry on the same day.
Additional information: Major General Douglas was a Companion of the Order of the Bath (CB); a Companion of St Michael and St George (CMG) and also held the Distinguished Service Order(DSO). Also the Croix et Guerre avec Palme (France). And the Serbian decorations, Order of the Red Cross, Order of Samaritan and the Order of St Sava. He served in the European War (WW 1) .
From 1926-29 he was Commandant of the Royal Army Medical College and from 1929-33 he was Deputy Director Medical Services, Southern Command, India.

DOUGLAS-HAMILTON, Angus Falconer (See also Reg.No.516)
Lieutenant Colonel. Commanding 6th Battalion, Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders.
Gazetted on 18th November, 1915.
Born on 20th August, 1863 at Brighton, Sussex.
Died on 26th September, 1915 on Hill 70, France. (killed in action).
Memorial on Loos Memorial, France.
Digest of Citation reads:
On 25th/26th September, 1915 during operations on Hill 70, France, Lieutenant Colonel Douglas-Hamilton, when the Battalion on his right and left-hand had retired, rallied his own battalion again and again and led his men forward four-times. The last time he led all that remained, about 50 men, in a most gallant manner, and was killed at their head. It was due to will be his bravery, and splendid leadership that the line at this point was able to check the enemy's advance.

DOWELL, George Dare. (reg No. 342).
Lieutenant (later Lieutenant Colonel). Royal Marine Artillery.
London Gazetted on 24th February, 1857.
VC Medal's Custodian is the Royal Marine museum, Eastney Barracks, Southsea, Hants.
Born on 15th February, 1831 at Chichester, Sussex.
Died on 3rd August 1910 at Remuera, Auckland, New Zealand.
Memorial at grave in Purewa Cemetery, Auckland, New Zealand. Tribute also in the Royal Marine Museum, Southsea.
Digest of Citation reads:
On 13th July 1855 at the Fort of Viborg, in the Gulf of Finland, when an explosion occurred in one of the cutters of HMS Arrogant, Lieutenant Dowell, who was on-board HMS Ruby, took three volunteers and went, under very heavy fire to the assistance of the cutter. He took up three of the crew, and having rescued the rest and also the Captain of the Mast *, he then towed the stricken boat out of the enemy gun range.
* G. Ingouville. (reg No. 615).

DOWLING, William. (reg No. 343).
Private. 32nd Regiment (Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry).
London Gazetted on 21st November 1859.
Born on in 1825 at Thomastown, County Kilkenny, Ireland.
Died on 17th February, 1887 at Liverpool Lancashire.
Memorial not known.
Digest of Citation reads:
On 4th July 1857 at Lucknow, India, Private Dowling went out with two other men and spiked the enemy's guns and killed a Subadar of the enemy by one of the guns. On 9th July he again went out, with three men to spike one the enemy's guns, but had to retire as the spike was too small. He was, however, exposed to the same dangers. Also on 27th September he spiked an 18-pounder gun during a sortie, under very heavy fire.

DOWN, John Thornton. (reg No. 344).
Ensign 57th Regiment. (Middlesex Regiment). (up Duke of Cambridge's Own).
London Gazetted on 22nd September, 1864.
Born on 2nd March 1842 at Fulham, London.
Died on 28th April 1866 at Otahuhu, New Zealand.
Memorial at 57th (West Middlesex) Regiment brass tablet in St Paul's Cathedral.
Digest of Citation reads:
On 2nd October 1863 at Pontoko, New Zealand, Ensign Down and a drummer * volunteered to rescue a wounded comrade from the rebel natives. They succeeded in bringing in this wounded man who was lying about 50 yards from the bush, although the enemy kept up a very heavy fire at short range and from fallen logs close at hand.
* D.Stagpoole. (reg No. 1176).

DOWNIE, Robert. (reg No. 345).
Sergeant 2nd Battalion Royal Dublin Fusiliers.
London Gazetted on 25th November 1916.
Born on 12th January 1894 at Glasgow.
Died on 18th April 1968 at Glasgow.
Memorial not known.
Digest of Citation reads:.
On 23rd October 1916 East of Lesboeufs, France, at when most of the officers had become casualties, Sergeant Downie, utterly regardless of personal danger and under very heavy fire, organised the attack which had been temporarily checked. At the critical moment he rushed forward shouting, " Come on the Dubs! '' which had an immediate response and the line rushed forward at the call. Sergeant Downie accounted for several of the enemy and in addition captured a machine gun, killing the team. Although wounded early in the fight, he remained with his company, giving valuable assistance while the position was being consolidated.
Additional information:. Sergeant Downie also held the Military Medal (MM).

DOXAT, Alexis Charles. (reg No. 346).
Lieutenant (later Major). 3rd Battalion. Imperial Yeomanry.
London Gazetted on 15th January, 1901.
Born on 9th April 1867 at Surbiton, Surrey.
Died on 29th November 1942 at Cambridge.
Memorial not known.
Digest of Citation reads:
On 20th October, 1900 near Zeerust, South Africa, Lieutenant Doxat, with a party a mounted infantry was reconnoitring a position held by 100 Boers are on a ridge of kopjes. When the enemy opened a heavy fire on the reconnaissance party they had to retire, but Lieutenant Doxat, seeing that one of his men had lost his horse, galloped back under very heavy fire and took him on his own horse to a place of safety.
Additional information:. Major Doxat also did service in the First World War from 1914 -18.

DOYLE, Martin. (reg No. 347).
Company Sergeant-Major . 1st Battalion. Royal Munster Fusiliers.
London Gazetted on 31st January 1919.
Born on 25th October 1891 at New Ross, County Wexford, Ireland.
Died on 20th November 1940 at Dublin.
Memorial not known.
Digest of Citation reads:
On 2nd September 1918 at Reincourt, France, when command of his company fell on Company Sergeant-Major Doyle, all the officers having become casualties, he extricated a party of his men who were surrounded by the enemy, and carried back, under heavy fire, a wounded officer. Later he went forward under intense fire to the assistance of a tank and when an enemy machine gun opened fire on the tank, making it impossible to get the wounded away, he captured its single-handed and took three prisoners. Subsequently when the enemy counter-attacked, he drove them back, taking many more prisoners.
Additional information:. Company Sergeant-Major Doyle also held the Military Medal (MM).

DRAIN, Job Henry Charles. (reg No. 348).
Driver. (later Sergeant). 37th Battery Royal Field Artillery.
London Gazetted on 25th November 1914.
Born on 15th October 1895 at Barking, Essex.
Died on 26th July 1975 at Dagenham, Essex.
Memorial not known.
Digest of Citation reads:
On 26th August 1914 at Le Cateau, France, when a captain * of the same battery was trying to recapture two guns, Driver Drain and another driver * volunteered to help and gave great assistance in the eventual saving of one of the guns. At the time they were under heavy artillery and infantry fire from the enemy who were only 100 yards away.
* D. Reynolds (reg No. 1040) and F. Luke (reg No. 755).

DRAKE, Alfred George. (reg No. 349).
Corporal 8th Battalion Rifle Brigade (Prince Consort's Own).
London Gazetted on 22nd January 1916.
Born on 10th December 1893 at Mile End, Old Town, London.
Died on 23rd November, 1915 at La Brique, Belgium. (killed in action).
Memorials at La Brique Military Cemetery, Belgium and on the Rifle Brigade Memorial, Winchester Cathedral.
Digest of Citation reads:
On 23rd November, 1915, near La Brique, Belgium, Corporal Drake was one of a patrol of four which was reconnoitring towards the German lines. The patrol was discovered when close to the enemy who opened fire with rifles and machine gun, wounding the officer and one of the men. The latter was carried back by the last remaining man and Corporal Drake stayed with his officer, bandaging his wounds regardless of the enemy's fire. Later, a rescue party found the officer, alive and bandaged, but the corporal was dead.

DRESSER, Tom. (reg No. 350).
Private. 7th Battalion. Yorkshire Regiment (Alexandra, Princess of Wales' Own).
London Gazetted on 27th June 1917.
Born on 21st July 1892 at Westgate, Pickering, Yorkshire.
Died on 9th April 1982 at Middlesbrough, Yorkshire.
Memorial at grave in Thorntree Cemetery, Middlesbrough.
Digest of Citation reads:
On 12th May 1917 near Roeux, France, Private Dresser, in spite of having been twice wounded on the way and suffering great pain, succeeded in conveying an important message from battalion headquarters to the front line trenches, which eventually reached in an exhausted condition. His fearlessness and determination to deliver this message at all costs proved of the greatest value to his battalion at a critical period.

DREW, A.M.C.M. (See Reg No. 327).

DREWRY, George Leslie. (reg No. 351).
Midshipman (later Lieutenant). Royal Naval Reserve.
London Gazetted on 16th August 1915.
Born on 3rd November 1894 at Forest Gate, Essex.
Died on 3rd August 1918 at Scapa Flow, Orkney Islands.
Memorials at City of London Cemetery, Manor Park and at All Saints Church, Forest Gate, London.
Digest of Citation reads:
On 20th April 1915 during the landing at V Beach, Cape Helles, Gallipoli, Midshipman Drewry and three others * of HMS River Clyde, assisted the commander of the ship * at the work of securing the lighters under a very heavy rifle and Maxim fire. He was wounded in the head, but continued his work and twice subsequently attempted to swim from lighter to lighter with a line.
* Commander E.Unwin (reg No. 1245), W. St.A. Malleson (reg No. 829 ) G.M.Samson (reg No. 1102) and WC Williams (reg No. 1316)

DRUMMOND, Geoffrey Heneage. (reg No. 352).
Lieutenant Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve.
London Gazetted on 28th August 1918.
Born on 25th January 1886 at St James' Place, London.
Died on 21st April 1941 at Rotherhithe, London.
Memorial at Chalfont St Peter Cemetery, Buckinghamshire.
On 9th/10th May 1918 at Ostend, Belgium Lieutenant Drummond commanding HMML 254**, volunteered for rescue work and was following HMS Vindictive to the harbour when a shell burst on board killing an officer and a deckhand and badly wounding the coxswain and Lieutenant Drummond. Notwithstanding his wounds, this officer brought the M L 254 alongside Vindictive and then took off two officers and 38 men, some of whom were killed or wounded while embarking. He retained consciousness long enough to back his vessel away from the Piers and towards the open sea before collapsing exhausted from his wounds.
See also R.R.L. Bourke (reg No. 111), and V.A.C. Crutchley. (reg No. 282).
**Motor Launch.
Additional information:. Lieutenant Drummond served in World War Two as a Seaman in the River Thames Patrol Service.


DUFFY, James. (reg No. 353).
Private. 6th Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers.
London Gazetted on 28th February, 1918.
Born on 17th November, 1889 at Gweedore, County Donegal, Ireland.
Died on 8th April 1969 at Letterkenny, County Donegal, Ireland.
Memorial not known it.
Digest of Citation reads:
On 27th December 1917 at Kereina Peak, Palestine, whilst the company was holding a very exposed position, Private Duffy, a stretcher bearer, and another stretcher bearer went out to bring in a seriously wounded comrade. When the other stretcher bearer was wounded, Private Duffy returned to get another man, who was killed almost immediately. The private then went forward alone and, under very heavy fire, succeeded in getting both wounded men under cover and attended to their injuries. His gallantry undoubtedly saved both men's lives.

DUFFY, Thomas. (reg No. 354).
Private 1st Madras Fusiliers (Royal Dublin Fusiliers).
London Gazetted on 18th June 1858.
Born on in 1805 at Caurly,Athlone, County Westmeath, Ireland.
Died on 23rd December 1868 at Dublin.
Memorial not known.
Digest of Citation reads:
On 26th September 1857 at Lucknow, India, a 24 pounder gun which had been used against the enemy on the previous day was left in an exposed position and all efforts to reach it were unsuccessful, so heavy was the fire maintained on it by the mutineers. Private Duffy, however, who went out with two others, managed to fasten a rope to the gun to in such a manner that it could be pulled away and was saved from falling into the hands of the enemy.

DUGDALE, Frederick Brooks. (reg No. 355).
Lieutenant. 5th Lancers. (Royal Irish).
London Gazetted on 17th September 1901.
Born on 21st October 1877 at Burnley, Lancashire.
Died on 13th November 1901 at Blakemore, Gloucestershire.
Memorial at grave in Longborough, Gloucestershire.
Digest of Citation reads:
On 3rd March 1901 near Derby, South Africa, Lieutenant Dugdale was in command of a small outpost when, having been ordered to retire, his patrol came under heavy fire at a range of about 250 yards, and a sergeant, two men and a horse were hit. Lieutenant Dugdale dismounted and put one of the wounded men on his own horse. He then caught another horse, galloped up to another wounded man and took him up behind him, then brought both men safely out of action.
Additional information: Frederick B.Dugdale was the third son of Colonel James Dugdale, of both Ivy Bank, Lancashire and Sezincot, Gloucestershire. Educated at Marlborough and Christ Church, Oxford. He joined the Army in October 1899 as a Second Lieutenant and was posted to the 5th Lancers. He left to join his regiment in South Africa which was a already involved in the defence of Ladysmith. He served under General Sir Redvers Buller in the relieving force. He was promoted to Lieutenant in May 1900. He also served under Sir John French in Cape Colony. As well as the Victoria Cross he held the Queen's and King's medals with clasps, also clasps for Tugela Heights, the Orange Free State, Relief of Ladysmith, Laing's Nek and Belfast, Cape Colony.
He was riding with the North Cotswold Hunt on the 13th November 1901 when, whilst taking a fence, his horse fell and landed on top of him. His body was so severely crushed that he Died on within two hours, never having gained consciousness.

DUNBAR-NASMITH, Martin Eric. (reg No. 915).
Lieutenant Commander. Royal Navy.
London Gazetted on 25th June 1915.
Born on 1st April 1883 at East Barnes, London.
Died on 29th June 1965 at Elgin, Scotland.
Memorial on grave at Elgin, Scotland.
Digest of Citation reads:
Between the dates 20th May and 8th June 1915, Lieutenant Commander Nasmith was in command of His Majesty's Submarine E 11 in the Sea of Marmara, in the Dardanelles. During this time they destroyed a large Turkish gunboat; two transport ships; an ammunition ship; 3 store ships and four other vessels. Having safely passed the most difficult part of his homeward journey, he then returned to attack he Turkish Transport ship.
Additional information:. Admiral Sir Martin Nasmith was created a Knight Commander, Most Honourable Order of the Bath (KCB) and a Knight Commander, Most distinguished Order of St Michael and St George..
In addition he was a Knight Grand Cross of Orange Nassau and St Olaf of Norway. From 1935-38 he served a Second Sea Lord, which she followed as Commander-in-Chief of Plymouth and Western approaches until 1941. He became, from 1942-46, Flag Officer in Charge, London.
At the end of World War Two he became Vice-Chairman of the Imperial War Graves Commission

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DUNDAS. James. (reg No. 356).
Lieutenant (later Captain) Bengal Engineers, Indian Army.
London Gazetted on 31st December 1867.
Born on 10th September 1842 at Edinburgh Corps.
Died on 23rd December, 1879 at Sherpur, Afghanistan.
Memorials at St Mary's Cathedral, Edinburgh and Rochester Cathedral, Kent.
Digest of Citation reads:
On 30th April 1865 at Dewan-Giri, Bhootan, India, a number of the enemy, about 200 strong, had barricaded themselves in the Blockhouse, which they continued to defend after the main body was in retreat. The Blockhouse, which was loopholed, was the key of the enemy's position and on the orders of the general in command, Lieutenant Dundas and another officer * had to climb the 14ft. wall and then go head-first through an opening only two feet wide. The two officers scaled the wall, followed, after they had set the example, by the Sikh soldiers, but they were both wounded.
* W.S. Trevor (reg No. 1230).

DUNKLEY, Bertram, BEST-. (reg No. 357).
Lieutenant Colonel Commanding 2nd/ 5th Battalion. Lancashire Fusiliers.
London Gazetted on 6th September 1917.
Born on 3rd August 1890 at York.
Died on 5th April 1917 near Ypres, Belgium. (Died on of wounds).
Memorial at Mendinghem, Belgium.
Digest of Citation reads:
On 31st July 1917 at Wieltje, Belgium, when the leading waves of the attack had become disorganised by a rifle and machine-gun fire at very close range from positions which were believed to be in our hands, Lieutenant Colonel Best-Dunkley dashed forward, rallied his men and personally led them to the assault of these positions, which despite heavy losses, were carried. He continued to lead his battalion until all their objectives and been gained. Later in the day when our position was threatened he collected his battalion headquarters, led them to the attack and beat off the advancing enemy. He later Died on of his wounds.

DUNLAY John (or DUNLEA or DUNLEY)(Reg.No.358)
Lance Corporal 93rd Regitment (later Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders.)
London Gazetted on 24th December 1858
Born on: ? 1831 at Douglas, County Cork, Ireland
Died on: 17th October 1890 at Cork, Ireland.
No Memorials are recorded.
Digest of Citation reads:
On 16 November 1857 at Lucknow, India, Lance Corporal Dunlay was the first man of the Regiment to enter one of the breaches in the Secundra Bagh, with a Captain whom he most gallantly supported against superior numbers.

Additional Information. He was elected for the Victoria Cross by the Regiment. This happens when more than one man is courageous. A report in the Victoria Cross 1856-1920, compiled from despatches, says "16th November 1857, For being the first man, now surviving of the regiment, who, on the 16th November 1857, entered one of the breaches in the Secundra Bagh, at Lucknow, with Captain Burroughs, whom he most gallantly supported against superior numbers. Elected by the private soldiers of the regiment."
He Died on at the age of 57 in South Infirmary, Cork on 17th October 1890. His real name was DUNLEA.


DUNMORE, Earl of. (See reg No. 401).

DUNN, Alexander Roberts. (reg No. 359).
Lieutenant (later Colonel). 11th Hussars. (Prince Albert's Own).
London Gazetted on 24th February 1857.
Born on 15th September, 1833 at Dunstable, York *, Canada.
Died on a 25th January 1868 at Senafe, Abyssinia.
Memorial at Military Cemetery at Senafe, Abyssinia and on The Regimental Memorial at York Minster.
Digest of Citation reads:
On 20th October 1854 Balaclava, Crimea,(The Light Cavalry during the Charge of the Light Brigade), Lieutenant Dunn saved the life of a sergeant* of his regiment, by cutting down two or three Russian Lancers who were attacking from the rear. He later killed a Russian Hussar who was attacking a private*.
* Now Toronto.
*Sergeant Bentley and*Private Levett, both of the 11th Hussars .
Additional information: He was the second son of the Honourable John Henry Dunn (one-time Receiver General of Upper Canada). Lieutenant Dunn was the first person Born on in Canada to win the Victoria Cross. He joined the 11th Hussars in 1852 and on 29th June 1858 was promoted to Major. A wealthy man, he retired to his estates in Canada.
At the outbreak of the Indian mutiny (1857-58) he organised the 100th Regiment being appointed to its Lieutenant Colonel in 1861
In 1868 he was commanding the the 33rd Regiment in the Abyssinian war. He was the youngest Colonel in the Army. His future was ensured in an army career but for his untimely death .
His death was tragic. On the 25th January 1868, according to his native servant, the only person with him at the time, they had gone hunting, taking his rifle, looking for game. Whilst stooping forward over a ditch to get some water, Colonel Dunn's gun was accidentally fired from both barrels into his right side. He managed to say, "if for a doctor," before dying .

DUNSIRE, Robert. (reg No. 360).
Private (later Corporal) 13th Battalion, Royal Scots. (The Lothian Regiment).
London Gazetted on 18th November 1915.
Born on 24th November 1891 at an Buckhaven, Fife, Scotland.
Died on 30th January 1916 at Mazingarbe, France.
Memorial at Mazingarbe Communal Cemetery, France, and on the War Memorial, Kirkcaldy, Fife.
Digest of Citation reads:
On 26th September 1915 on Hill 70, France, Private Dunsire went out under very heavy fire and rescued a wounded man from between the firing lines. Later another man, considerably nearer the German lines, it was heard shouting for help and Private Dunsire crawled out again, with complete disregard for the enemy and carried the wounded man in. Shortly afterwards the Germans attacked over this ground.
Additional information: private Dunsire's Army No. 18274.


DUNSTAN, William. (reg No. 361).
Corporal (later Lieutenant). 7th Battalion, (Victoria) Australian Imperial Force.
London Gazetted on 15th October 1915
VC Medal's Custodian is the Australian War Memorial, Canberra, Australia..
Born on 8th March 1895 at Ballarat, Victoria, Australia.
Died on 3rd March 1957 at Melbourne, Australia.
Memorial on Australian War Memorial, Canberra, Australia.
Digest of Citation reads:
On 9th August 1915, at Lone Pine, Gallipoli, the enemy made a determined counter-attack on the centre of the newly captured trench held by a Lieutenant *, two corporals * and a few men. The enemy blew in the sandbag barricade, leaving only a foot standing, but the lieutenant and the two corporals repulsed the enemy and rebuilt the barricade. Twice more the enemy blew up the barricade and on each occasion they were repulsed and the barricade rebuilt.
* F H Tubb (reg No. 1234) A.S. Burton (reg No. 155)
* Corporal Dunstan was one of these corporals.

DUNVILLE, John Spencer. (reg No. 362)
Second Lieutenant. 1st Royal Dragoons.
London Gazetted on 2nd August 1917.
Born on 7th May, 1896 at Marylebone, London.
Died on 26th June 1917 near Epehy, France. (Died on of wounds).
Memorial at Villieres-Faucon Communal Cemetery, France and on the War Memorial, Holywood, County Antrim, Ireland.
Digest of Citation reads:
On 24th/25th June 1917 near Epehy, France, in order to ensure the absolute success of the demolition of the enemy's wire, Second Lieutenant Dunville placed himself between an NCO of the Royal Engineers and the enemy's ire and, thus protected, the NCO was enabled to complete a work of great importance. Second Lieutenant Dunville, although severely wounded, continued to direct his men in the wire cutting and general operations until the raid was successfully completed. He subsequently Died on of his wounds.

DURRANT, Alfred Edward. (reg No. 363).
Private. 2nd Battalion. Rifle Brigade (Prince Consort's Own).
London Gazetted on 18th October 1901.
Born on 4th November 1864 at St James', Westminster, London.
Died on 29th March 1933 at Tottenham, London.
Memorial on the Rifle Brigade Memorial, Winchester Cathedral, Hampshire.
Digest of Citation reads:
On 27th August 1900 at Burgendal, South Africa, a corporal having been wounded and somewhat dazed, got up from his prone position in the firing line and started to run towards the enemy. Private Durrant rose and, pulling him down, tried to keep him quiet, but finding this impossible, he took him up and carried him back for 200 yards under heavy fire to shelter. The private then returned immediately to his place in the line.
Additional information: Private Durrant held the Imperial Service Medal.


DURRANT, Thomas Frank. (reg No. 364).
Sergeant. Royal Engineers and No. 1 Commando.
London Gazetted on 19th June, 1945.
Born on 17th October 1918 at Green Street Green, Farnborough, Kent.
Died born 29th March, 1942 at St Nazaire, France. (Died of wounds).
Memorial on grave at Escoublac-la-Baule War Cemetery, France.
Digest of Citation reads:
On 27th March 1942 at St Nazaire, France, Sergeant Durrant was in charge of a Lewis gun on HM Motor Launch 306 which came under heavy fire during the raid. Although he had no protection and was wounded in several places he continued firing until the launch was boarded and those who were still alive were taken prisoner. He died of his wounds the next day

DWYER, Edward. (Reg No. 365).
Private 1st Battalion. East Surrey Regiment.
London Gazetted on 22nd May 1915.
Born on 25th November 1895 at Fulham, London.
Died on 3rd September 1916 at Guillemont, France.
Memorial at Flatiron Copse Cemetery, France
Digest of Citation reads:
On 20th April 1915 at Hill 60, Belgium, when his trench was heavily attacked by German grenade throwers, Private Dwyer climbed onto the Parapet and although subjected to a hail of bombs at close quarters, succeeded in dispersing the enemy by the effective use of hand-grenades. Earlier in the day he had left his trench under heavy shell fire to bandage his wounded comrades.

DWYER, John James. (reg No. 366).
Sergeant (later Lieutenant. 4th Company, Machine-Gun Corps. Australian Imperial Force.
London Gazetted on 26th November 1917.
VC Medal's Custodian is the Australian War Memorial, Canberra, Australia.
Born on 9th March 1890 at Lovett, Port Cygnet, Tasmania.
Died on 17th January 1962 at Bruny Island, Tasmania.
Memorial at grave in Hobart Cemetery, Tasmania, and on the Australian War Memorial, Canberra.
Digest of Citation reads:
On 26th September 1917, at Zonnebeke, Belgium, Sergeant Dwyer, in charge of a Vickers machine gun, during an advanced, rushed his gun forward to within 30 yards an enemy machine gun, fired point-blank at it and killed the crew. He then seized the gun and carried it back across the shell swept ground to our front line. On the following day, when the position was being heavily shelled, and his Vickers gun was blown up, he took his team through the enemy barrage and fetched a reserve gun which he put into use in the shortest possible time.
Additional information:. He became Speaker of the Tasmanian House of Assembly in 1941-48, the Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries from 1948-61 and the Deputy Premier from 1958-61.

DYNON, Denis. (reg No. 367).
Sergeant. 53rd Regiment (King's Shropshire Light Infantry).
London Gazetted on 25th February 1862.
Born on in September 1822 at Killmannon, Queen's County, Ireland.
Died on the 16th February, 1863 at Dublin.
Memorial not known.
Digest of Citation reads:
On 2nd October 1857 at Chota Behar, India, Sergeant Dynon, with a Lieutenant * acted with conspicuous gallantry in the capture of two guns, particularly the second which they rushed and took, pistolling the Gunners who were mowing down the detachment, one-third of which was hors de combat at the time.
* J.C.C.Daunt (reg No. 305). Up